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why does my sternum hurt?
  1. #1
    shirlawn Guest

    Default why does my sternum hurt?

    i have been to the doctor and to the ra doc. about this pain in my ribs and
    mostly in my sternum. i mean really severe pain. it hurts to breath, cough,
    turn over in bed, or move at all. the doc thought i might have a fracture,
    xrays were taken and no fractures. so what is it? i go back in a week and
    have tramadol for pain. it doesn't touch it. i have a feeling the doctor
    has had it with my complaining about being afraid to take boniva or
    fosamax due to a reaction to fosamax. i finally got brave and took another
    boniva last week. i am thinking this pain is a reaction to boniva. last
    night i didn't sleep at all. they have ruled out a heart acting up, a
    fracture so what could it be? an ulcer, somr sort of lung thing, something
    mtx is doing to my body? i am too old to have any sort of invasive tests.
    your coments will be greatly appreciated.

    shirlawn


  2. #2
    Diane Guest

    Default Re: why does my sternum hurt?

    shirlawn, my first thought is costochondritis. it can make you feel as
    though you're having a heart attack.

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cos...dritis/DS00626

    do these symptoms fit what you're experiencing?

    diane


  3. #3
    Harvey R. Stone Guest

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    "shirlawn" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] lkaboutsupport.com...
    >i have been to the doctor and to the ra doc. about this pain in my ribs and
    > mostly in my sternum. i mean really severe pain. it hurts to breath,
    > cough,
    > turn over in bed, or move at all. the doc thought i might have a fracture,
    > xrays were taken and no fractures. so what is it? i go back in a week and
    > have tramadol for pain. it doesn't touch it. i have a feeling the doctor
    > has had it with my complaining about being afraid to take boniva or
    > fosamax due to a reaction to fosamax. i finally got brave and took another
    > boniva last week. i am thinking this pain is a reaction to boniva. last
    > night i didn't sleep at all. they have ruled out a heart acting up, a
    > fracture so what could it be? an ulcer, somr sort of lung thing, something
    > mtx is doing to my body? i am too old to have any sort of invasive tests.
    > your coments will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > shirlawn
    >

    Hi Shirlawn,,, I have had that twice. A steroid shot fixed it up and then
    a couple of years later,, three small well placed shots made it go away. RA
    attacks our rib connections.
    Harv



  4. #4
    Donna G. Guest

    Default Re: why does my sternum hurt?




    Shirlawn,


    So sorry to hear you are having to endure this. Sounds absolutely
    miserable, and I so pray that it eases up for you soon or at least that
    the doctors can get this all sorted out and get you much more
    comfortable!

    You may want to ask them for a high-resolution CT scan of your chest to
    see if there is any lung involvement. The RA can attack any organ and
    doesn't always show up on x-rays. The first time I had RA lung
    involvement, nothing ever showed up on x-rays, but showed up quite
    extensively on a high-resolution CT scan.

    Like the others have said, it could be your ribs are involved in your RA
    or you could have pulled a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc. Those types
    of things are usually helped with the steroids and anti-inflamatories.
    Does anything seem to help ease it at all for you? Heat? Ice? Certain
    positions? Etc.? Also, did they check for pericarditis? I have also
    had this from the RA and it really truly felt like I was having a heart
    attack. (this isn't as common in RA, but it can happen), so they may
    want to do an EKG or echo and check your blood work.

    Sending up prayers that you get to feeling better real soon!!!


    Hugs,


    Donna
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  5. #5
    jofirey Guest

    Default Re: why does my sternum hurt?


    "shirlawn" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] lkaboutsupport.com...
    >i have been to the doctor and to the ra doc. about this pain in my ribs and
    > mostly in my sternum. i mean really severe pain. it hurts to breath,
    > cough,
    > turn over in bed, or move at all. the doc thought i might have a fracture,
    > xrays were taken and no fractures. so what is it? i go back in a week and
    > have tramadol for pain. it doesn't touch it. i have a feeling the doctor
    > has had it with my complaining about being afraid to take boniva or
    > fosamax due to a reaction to fosamax. i finally got brave and took another
    > boniva last week. i am thinking this pain is a reaction to boniva. last
    > night i didn't sleep at all. they have ruled out a heart acting up, a
    > fracture so what could it be? an ulcer, somr sort of lung thing, something
    > mtx is doing to my body? i am too old to have any sort of invasive tests.
    > your coments will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > shirlawn
    >


    I don't take Bonita or fosamax. My stomach is screwed up enough as it is.

    I take miacalcin nasal spray instead.

    What you are feeling could be a lot of things, first things that come to my
    mind are costeocondritis (inflammation of the connection between the ribs
    and the sternum) or gerd. I don't get heartburn from GERD like a normal
    person, but more of a ache in the center of my chest.

    The GERD in particular doesn't respond well to pain killers, but a lot of
    times costeo doesn't either.

    Hope you are able to get it figured out and can get comfortable.

    Jo




  6. #6
    shirlawn Guest

    Default Re: why does my sternum hurt?

    thanks for responding. it has eased up somewhat today. that seems so odd
    to me the way it rather suddenly appears and goes away just as suddenly. i
    checked the web site you sent diane, and it does sound a lot like costo--.
    i really need a good nights sleep.

    shirlawn


  7. #7
    nanny Guest

    Default Re: why does my sternum hurt?

    Hi Shirlawn. I just read a report this week in the Fibromyalgia Network
    that chest, sternum, rib, stomach and pelvic pain can be due to trigger
    points. Although it may feel you have broken ribs, or a heart attack, it's
    probably not the organs themselves, but pain from Myofascial trigger points
    in the muscles surrounding the major organs. Everywhere I touch in those
    places hurt. Nanny
    "shirlawn" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] lkaboutsupport.com...
    >i have been to the doctor and to the ra doc. about this pain in my ribs and
    > mostly in my sternum. i mean really severe pain. it hurts to breath,
    > cough,
    > turn over in bed, or move at all. the doc thought i might have a fracture,
    > xrays were taken and no fractures. so what is it? i go back in a week and
    > have tramadol for pain. it doesn't touch it. i have a feeling the doctor
    > has had it with my complaining about being afraid to take boniva or
    > fosamax due to a reaction to fosamax. i finally got brave and took another
    > boniva last week. i am thinking this pain is a reaction to boniva. last
    > night i didn't sleep at all. they have ruled out a heart acting up, a
    > fracture so what could it be? an ulcer, somr sort of lung thing, something
    > mtx is doing to my body? i am too old to have any sort of invasive tests.
    > your coments will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > shirlawn
    >




  8. #8
    vickie b. Guest

    Default Re: why does my sternum hurt?

    I've been under doctor's care for this for about five years now. I
    have FMS. That pain is felt in two circles on both sides of my
    sternum and one rib below the collar bone-about 2 1/2 inches in
    diameter. I feel the inflammation between the ribs and the sternum in
    different places and different numbers. But I can always say which
    ribs are hurting. And yes the pain starts very suddenly and goes away
    when it is ready. In the mean time, I stay still. Normal medicine
    for inflammation and FMS is all that I take. I don't do anything
    special when it hurts.

    Hope this helps and makes sense!

    Vickie B.
    (((((shirlawn)))))




  9. #9
    Nann Bell Guest

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    On Sun, 29 Jul 2007 15:57:19 -0400, Diane wrote
    (in message <[email protected] com>):

    > shirlawn, my first thought is costochondritis. it can make you feel as
    > though you're having a heart attack.
    >
    > http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cos...dritis/DS00626



    that was really my first thought, too. Is your sternum tender to pressuer?
    Especially just to either side of the midline - and sometimes exquisitely
    tender. I know that"it hurts to breathe" feeling quite well, and sometimes
    it even hurts to talk. Talking loudly almost always hurts.

    If this IS what's going on, there are many things that can make it flare.
    Almost anything that uses the muscles and tendons that attach to the ribcage
    will do it. It's frustrating, but know which things kick it up can help you
    limit those activities. Even vacuuming does it for me, so I do little else
    that causes flares on vacuuming days.


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  10. #10
    Navy Guest

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    Gerd was the first thing I thought of as that is what I have. A dose of an
    antiacid like Gaviscon helps a great deal. If it does, I would suggest a
    visit to a gastroenterologist and perhaps have an endoscopy done.

    --
    Navy
    Take out the FISH to email me.
    "jofirey" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > "shirlawn" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected] lkaboutsupport.com...
    >>i have been to the doctor and to the ra doc. about this pain in my ribs
    >>and
    >> mostly in my sternum. i mean really severe pain. it hurts to breath,
    >> cough,
    >> turn over in bed, or move at all. the doc thought i might have a
    >> fracture,
    >> xrays were taken and no fractures. so what is it? i go back in a week
    >> and
    >> have tramadol for pain. it doesn't touch it. i have a feeling the doctor
    >> has had it with my complaining about being afraid to take boniva or
    >> fosamax due to a reaction to fosamax. i finally got brave and took
    >> another
    >> boniva last week. i am thinking this pain is a reaction to boniva. last
    >> night i didn't sleep at all. they have ruled out a heart acting up, a
    >> fracture so what could it be? an ulcer, somr sort of lung thing,
    >> something
    >> mtx is doing to my body? i am too old to have any sort of invasive
    >> tests.
    >> your coments will be greatly appreciated.
    >>
    >> shirlawn
    >>

    >
    > I don't take Bonita or fosamax. My stomach is screwed up enough as it is.
    >
    > I take miacalcin nasal spray instead.
    >
    > What you are feeling could be a lot of things, first things that come to
    > my mind are costeocondritis (inflammation of the connection between the
    > ribs and the sternum) or gerd. I don't get heartburn from GERD like a
    > normal person, but more of a ache in the center of my chest.
    >
    > The GERD in particular doesn't respond well to pain killers, but a lot of
    > times costeo doesn't either.
    >
    > Hope you are able to get it figured out and can get comfortable.
    >
    > Jo
    >
    >
    >




  11. #11
    DeeTee and Bob Taggart Guest

    Default Re: why does my sternum hurt?

    Probably costochrondritis, Honey. You'd swear you're having a heart attack,
    it hurts so badly. It's inflammation of the cartiledge of the rib cage and
    sternum. Ask your doctor about it.

    Feel better soon - DeeTee

    "shirlawn" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] lkaboutsupport.com...
    >i have been to the doctor and to the ra doc. about this pain in my ribs and
    > mostly in my sternum. i mean really severe pain. it hurts to breath,
    > cough,
    > turn over in bed, or move at all. the doc thought i might have a fracture,
    > xrays were taken and no fractures. so what is it? i go back in a week and
    > have tramadol for pain. it doesn't touch it. i have a feeling the doctor
    > has had it with my complaining about being afraid to take boniva or
    > fosamax due to a reaction to fosamax. i finally got brave and took another
    > boniva last week. i am thinking this pain is a reaction to boniva. last
    > night i didn't sleep at all. they have ruled out a heart acting up, a
    > fracture so what could it be? an ulcer, somr sort of lung thing, something
    > mtx is doing to my body? i am too old to have any sort of invasive tests.
    > your coments will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > shirlawn
    >




  12. #12
    d'huit Guest

    Default Re: why does my sternum hurt?


    "shirlawn" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] lkaboutsupport.com...
    i have been to the doctor and to the ra doc. about this pain in my ribs and
    mostly in my sternum. i mean really severe pain. it hurts to breath, cough,
    turn over in bed, or move at all. the doc thought i might have a fracture,
    xrays were taken and no fractures. so what is it? i go back in a week and
    have tramadol for pain. it doesn't touch it. i have a feeling the doctor
    has had it with my complaining about being afraid to take boniva or
    fosamax due to a reaction to fosamax. i finally got brave and took another
    boniva last week. i am thinking this pain is a reaction to boniva. last
    night i didn't sleep at all. they have ruled out a heart acting up, a
    fracture so what could it be? an ulcer, somr sort of lung thing, something
    mtx is doing to my body? i am too old to have any sort of invasive tests.
    your coments will be greatly appreciated.

    shirlawn

    hi shirl,

    i have this sternum pain thing happen a lot and have had for a great many
    years. (i don't know what your spinal situation is like. so, i don't know
    if this would apply to you or not.) for me, it seems to be related to the
    ddd, oa and muscle spasms in my neck and back. mostly, i think it's muscle
    spasms that causes it. everything, tissue/bone/cartilage, is connected and
    once muscle spasms start, anything connected to the area of the spasms seems
    to be painfully irritated/aggravated. a severe back spasm makes my entire
    upper torso just about feel like roadkill (or in otherwords, feel severely
    battered and bruised, badly strained and sprained) and that can last for
    from 3 days to 2 weeks, depending upon exactly where the severe spasm was
    and what was affected. milder, "almost" unnoticeable spasms are less
    general in the areas affected, but those effects only last 3 days. and
    tramadol/ultracet doesn't help me, either. if this sounds like it's a
    possibility, what helps me most are heat (heating pads, hot soaks,
    jacuzzi/hot tub/whirlpool, thermacare wraps) and gentle massages (not the
    deep massages that i generally love).

    kate



  13. #13
    Jan O Guest

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    S-
    It sure sounds like costo and it is terribly painful. Jano

    "shirlawn" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] lkaboutsupport.com...
    >i have been to the doctor and to the ra doc. about this pain in my ribs and
    > mostly in my sternum. i mean really severe pain. it hurts to breath,
    > cough,
    > turn over in bed, or move at all. the doc thought i might have a fracture,
    > xrays were taken and no fractures. so what is it? i go back in a week and
    > have tramadol for pain. it doesn't touch it. i have a feeling the doctor
    > has had it with my complaining about being afraid to take boniva or
    > fosamax due to a reaction to fosamax. i finally got brave and took another
    > boniva last week. i am thinking this pain is a reaction to boniva. last
    > night i didn't sleep at all. they have ruled out a heart acting up, a
    > fracture so what could it be? an ulcer, somr sort of lung thing, something
    > mtx is doing to my body? i am too old to have any sort of invasive tests.
    > your coments will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > shirlawn
    >




  14. #14
    shirlawn Guest

    Default Re: why does my sternum hurt?--update

    and you were talking about blessings, i would say this group certainly has
    been a blessing for me. thanks everyone. it is really crazy-the darn thing
    just disappeared yesterday pm it was a little better, i slept well, and
    when i woke up this morning it was gone. just like that-gone, gone, gone.
    and to add to the mystery it appeared suddenly too in the beginning. this
    my 3rd episode in the past 4 m0nths.

    jo, navy i thought of GERD too, and i hope the doc. doesn't think of that
    or he will want an endoscopy. he has had me take prilosec daily,ever
    since he ordered the boniva. so i hope it is protecting my esophagus.

    most of you thought of costochronditis. anyway,it is gone for now.

    shirlawn


  15. #15
    Diane Guest

    Default Re: why does my sternum hurt?--update


    > most of you thought of costochronditis. anyway,it is gone for now.


    yippee! i hope it stays away.

    diane


  16. #16
    Donna G. Guest

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    Oh, yay, Shirlawn!!! Glad to hear the pesky pain went away. May it
    stay gone for a good loooooooooong while!!!


    Hugs,


    Donna
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    ..
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    1. ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......

    2. J.K.M.A.


  17. #17
    Navy Guest

    Default Re: why does my sternum hurt?--update

    I have found that heartburn will feel like that. At least it does on me and
    a dose of Gaviscon or similar stuff helps a lot. Glad you are feeling
    better, though.

    --
    Navy
    Take out the FISH to email me.
    "Diane" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] ups.com...
    >
    >> most of you thought of costochronditis. anyway,it is gone for now.

    >
    > yippee! i hope it stays away.
    >
    > diane
    >




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